This year Explore are proud to be supporting a rescue and rehabilitation centre in Manuel Antonia National Park, Costa Rica. Kids Saving the Rainforest began in 1999 when two children were inspired to help save the rainforest having witnessed the deforestation around their home and the considerable damage this was causing.
The wildlife centre cares for injured and orphaned animals prior to their release back in to the wild and have created a sanctuary for those which cannot be released due to long term injury or depleted survival skills. Around 120 wild animals are rescued each year, including the endangered grey crowned Central American squirrel monkeys and orphaned two-toed and three-toed sloths. Other projects have also included building monkey bridges to keep the monkeys and sloths above roads, offering guided tours, local talks and volunteer programmes.
Currently five of our group itineraries visit this rainforest and we believe it is important to help support the natural environments everywhere we visit. Alongside this Kids Saving the Rainforest is also building relationships with local schools and international research projects and Explore believe that education and understanding is fundamental for any venture to be sustainable.
Please visit kidssavingtherainforest.org
for more information about the charity and stories about some of the individual animals lucky enough to call this centre their home.